Over the past two years, much attention has been directed toward voluntary design guidelines for the Stockyards. The City Council has not allowed discussion of basic planning and infrastructure implications of Majestic’s plans.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Justice Larry Meyers, the only Democrat in elected statewide office in Texas is suing to upend the state’s photo voter ID law, saying it’s an unconstitutional obstacle to a legal activity: voting.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has crafted a marketable image through his association with rodeo. It’s time we get out from under the hat and contribute to the health of all Texas producers, in all their complexity.
The Fort Worth City Council needs to add two council districts, not because we’ve had a nine-member council governing the city for 91 years, but because today’s districts already average over 100,000 people each and the composition of the city’s population has changed.
Many state agency reviews by the Sunset Advisory Commission go more or less as intended — about 75 percent of their recommendations have made it into law, by Sunset’s count. But during some reviews, lobbyists and others make “a mockery of the whole Sunset process,” says House Speaker Joe Straus.
This year’s annual State of Texas Children report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities looks deeper into the data, exploring racial and ethnic gaps in the health, education and financial security of Texas children.
From excessive caseworker turnover and management flaws to a shortage of placements due to increased removals, the Texas foster care and child protection system has reached a breaking point that is already resulting in more harm to children and tragic child fatalities.
I encourage Fort Worth to vote against Propositions 1 through 4 in the May 7 city charter amendment election, as they would limit the people’s voice, their right to vote and their effective representation.
In 2014, the oil and gas industry accounted for 13.5 percent of Texas’ economic output. Cutting that output by more than half takes a toll. The Texas Miracle appears to be on ice, but that’s not to say the Texas economy is not growing.
Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize an individual’s property, often without charging that person with a crime. Last year, the government used civil forfeiture to take from individuals more assets than were taken in all burglaries nationwide.
Artists come from all over the United States and Canada to participate in the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. They sell one-of-a-kind art, not retail store merchandise. They take offense when asked if they will take less than the established price.
Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have announced an ambitious challenge: ensure that 60 percent of all Texans ages 25 to 34 hold a post-secondary certificate or degree by 2030, that we graduate at least 550,000 post-secondary students annually by 2030, and that those graduates complete programs with identifiably marketable skills and manageable student debt.